Educational tv shows for babies
If Sophie Dauvois and Rachel Ortas have their way, Peppa Pig will soon quit her job as a toddler TV idol, move to a sty and retire. For the duo are the creators of Okido, an independent, science-based children’s magazine starring a monster called Messy that’s spawned a popular CBeebies programme, live kids’ events and toy spin-offs. “We want Messy to inspire all children throughout the world about science in the same way that Peppa has become a household name. We want to create the next generation of scientists,” says Dauvois, 56. It’s an unusual ambition for a kids’ TV series but Okido stands out in the pink, cartoon-packed, plastic freebie-loaded world of children’s magazines. It’s made of recycled paper and edible, vegetable ink (“we thought kids might eat or chew the magazine and decided it should be safe if they did,” laughs Dauvois). It all started in her flat in Brixton, where she and 58-year-old Ortas … [Read more...] about Entrepreneurs: TV stars with a Messy approach to teaching science
MONTY Don is the face of Gardeners' World, the BBC horticultural show he hosts with help from Nick Bailey, Frances Tophill, Adam Frost, Arit Anderson, Flo Headlam and others. But what else do we know about the writer and broadcaster who once dreamed of being a rock star? Here's the lowdown... Who is Monty Don and who is his wife? Monty was born on July 8, 1955, in West Berlin during the Cold War but was brought up in Hampshire where he became an avid gardener and farmer. He was educated at a variety of schools including Quidhampton School in Basingstoke. He read English at Magdalene College, Cambridge University. It was at university where he met future wife, Sarah, who went on to train as a jeweller. Monty and his wife ran a costume jewellery business in the 1980s. The couple have three children, two sons Adam and Tom, and a daughter Freya. They live in Ivington, Herefordshire, and Monty presents Gardeners' World from his own garden. How did he end up presenting Gardeners' World? … [Read more...] about How old is Monty Don, is the Gardeners’ World presenter married and what other TV shows has he presented?
DOCTOR Hilary Jones is a well known face on morning telly, thanks to his long career with ITV. But what is his background? And what shows has he been on? Here's what we know... Who is Doctor Hilary Jones? What is his medical background? Dr Hilary Jones, 64, was born on June 19, 1963, and is a GP, TV presenter, medical broadcaster, author and public speaker. He qualified in 1976 at The Royal Free Hospital in London having studied art at A Level then converting to a six year medical degree. In 1979 Hilary worked for a year as a medical officer on the volcanic islands of Tristan da Cunha, before becoming a GP for the oil industry at Sullom Voe in Shetland for Offshore Medical Support. In the early 80s Dr Hilary worked as a GP in Basingstoke. What TV shows has Dr Hilary been on? It was in 1986 that Dr Hilary began his television career, presenting educational programmes for British Medical TV. In 1989 Hilary joined TV AM as the ITV breakfast show's resident on-air doctor. When the … [Read more...] about Who is Dr Hilary Jones? TV doctor on Lorraine and GP who took part in Dancing on Ice
TOM Davis has become one of the leading comedians in the UK at the moment thanks to his critically praised BBC Two show, Murder In Successville. Here's what you need to know about the Bafta Award winning star, where you might know him from and what Action Team is all about... Who is Tom Davis? Tom Davis is a stand-up comedian and comic actor most known for his television roles. Before becoming a comedian, Tom worked as a scaffolder. However, his breakout show was Murder in Successville, on which he is the star and main writer. Coming in at a staggering height of 6ft 7in, the star won a BAFTA for Breakthrough Brit in the 2016 awards season. He is also a West Ham supporter. What is Murder in Successville? The BBC series sees Tom lead celebrity guests through a mock-up murder case. Each celebrity is told to play a role without reading a script and is filmed reacting to the scenarios and other cast members. The show has so far included Chris Kamara dressed up in drag, Vicky Pattison, Mark … [Read more...] about How tall is Tom Davis, what else has the Murder in Successville star appeared in and what is his new show Action Team?